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Al Gore’s Inconvenient Diet October 27, 2008

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Al Gore’s Inconvenient Diet

From the Harvard Crimson, October 23, 2008

The rule of reason,” Al Gore ’69 declared to a packed Tercentenary Theater a Wednesday, “must dictate our actions towards the environment.” His speech pushed this theme, urging listeners to take drastic actions now for “the survival of our human civilization.”

As the world faces the existential threat of climate change, the former Vice President has embarked on an admirable quest to reform carbon-heavy habits. Yet despite his talk of making inconvenient choices, Mr. Gore continues to indulge in one of the most environmentally irrational habits of all: eating meat.

A 2006 report by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization found that meat production generates almost a fifth of all human-induced greenhouse gas emissions—more than the world’s cars, planes, and trucks combined. Moreover, the report cited meat production as a primary cause of land degradation, air pollution, water shortage, water pollution, and lost biodiversity. The scientists concluded “the livestock sector emerges as one of the top two or three most significant contributors to environmental problems, at every scale from local to global.”

To put this in perspective, a University of Chicago study concluded that an individual American can do more to reduce global warming by going vegetarian than by driving a Prius.

Mr. Gore, a Prius driver, spoke at length on Wednesday about achieving energy independence. But one third of America’s fossil fuel consumption is used solely to raise animals for meat, according to the estimate of E, an environmental magazine.

Moreover, factory farms emit large quantities of methane and nitrous oxide—pollutants with, respectively, 23 times and 296 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide. That’s why the organizers of the Live Earth concerts—at which Mr. Gore spoke—wrote in the Live Earth Global Warming Survival Handbook that “refusing meat” is “the single most effective thing you can do to reduce global warming.”

It might seem odd that Al Gore’s bacon and eggs breakfast could have more impact on the environment than his choice to avoid SUV’s. But meat production’s inherent inefficiency creates its large carbon footprint.

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Also be sure to read the below post on Al Gore
Scientific Peer-Reviewed Proof that spreading climate alarmism causes obesity


Beware the new faith October 27, 2008

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Beware the new faith

From the Andrew Bolt Blog, October 27, 2008

View Environmentalism is the New Religion on FORA.tv
View Environmentalism is the New Religion on FORA.tv

If you liked the above comparison of environmentalism with religion, then you may like the below posts:

The ten commandments of the Cult of Climatology

Holy cow the IPCC now wants churches to spread the global warming con

Cyclists brave freezing cold temperatures to protest Global Warming October 26, 2008

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Cyclists brave freezing cold temperatures to protest Global Warming

By the blogowner, honestclimate, October 26, 2008

Further to my September post titled: Why global warming protests should be held in Summer, student volunteers from colleges around New York State braved freezing cold temperatures on their bikes Wednesday to send a message to state and federal political candidates: pay attention to climate change.

The New York Public Interest Research Group helped organize the ride. Environmentalists cheered on the bikers as they stopped in Utica around noon. They want candidates to let voters know what they plan to do about global warming and the energy crisis.

NYPIRG and several other public interest groups also sent letters to the candidates, urging them to support policies that will dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions.


Global warming cools hopes for Dutch skating race October 25, 2008

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Global warming cools hopes for Dutch skating race

From Yahoo News, October 24, 2008

 AP – Skaters pass a windmill at the village of Birdaard, northern Netherlands, on this Jan. 4, 1997

AP – Skaters pass a windmill at the village of Birdaard, northern Netherlands, on this Jan. 4, 1997

THE HAGUE, Netherlands – Global warming is taking a heavier toll than previously thought on a grueling 120-mile speedskating marathon over frozen rivers and canals linking 11 towns in northern Holland.

A study published Friday by the respected Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency said the race is likely to be held only once every 18 years because of higher winter temperatures. Three years ago, it estimated the likelihood at once every 10 years.

Organizers insist on a minimum thickness of 6 inches of ice along virtually the entire route in the northern province of Friesland to ensure it is safe enough to carry thousands of skaters.

The rule means that races have always been rare. Known locally as the Elfstedentocht, it has only been held 15 times since the first official event in 1909.

“In 2005, we calculated once in 10 years, and mainly due to warm winters that came afterwards we had to change our estimate to once every 18 years so there is … a steep decline,” one of the report’s authors, Arthur Petersen, said in a telephone interview. “That’s purely caused by climate change.”

The report, based on temperature readings from the Dutch national meteorological institute, was produced independently of the race organizing committee.

“The report shows that the chance of staging the 11 Cities Race is decreasing, but this does not mean that we will never have the race again,” said Sybe Bruining, national secretary of the committee, in a telephone interview.

Despite German occupation of the Netherlands during World War II, there were four races in the 1940s — three of them during the war.

There were two in the 1950s and then in 1963, which was recognized as the toughest ever because of a strength-sapping combination of icy temperatures, strong winds and snow.

A gap followed of 22 years until back-to-back races in 1985 and 1986. Since then, the only race was in 1997, won by brussels sprouts farmer Henk Angenent in 6 hours and 49 minutes — less the half the original winner’s time.

Petersen acknowledges says the Elfstedentocht is a way of focussing the public’s attention on the climate change issue.

“It’s an icon for climate change, but of course it is not the most important effect of climate change … that’s more related to flooding and to agriculture,” he said.


Not Evil Just Wrong, the true cost of global warming hysteria October 24, 2008

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Not Evil Just Wrong, the true cost of global warming hysteria

Not Evil Just Wrong is the film Al Gore and Hollywood don’t want you to see. It reveals the true human cost of Global Warming hysteria.

Not Evil Just Wrong shows how Global Warming alarmism and the tax increases that go along with it are going to increase costs for working families during one of the worst recessions in living memory.

Al Gore and his allies want to ban fossil fuels in the developed world. This would devastate the American economy and drive jobs to India and China.

Premiers 18 October 2009, click below link for more details

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Sea ice area approaching the edge of normal standard deviation October 23, 2008

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Sea ice area approaching the edge of normal standard deviation

From Watts Up with That?, October 22, 2008

Watching arctic sea ice rebound this year has been exciting, more so since a few predictions and expeditions predicated on a record low sea ice this past summer failed miserably. I’ve spent a lot of time this month looking at the graph of sea ice extent from the IARC-JAXA website, which plots satellite derived sea-ice extent. However, there is another website that also plots the same satellite derived data, the Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center of Bergen Norway, and they have an added bonus: a standard deviation shaded area. For those that don’t know what standard deviation is, here is a brief explanation from Wiki

…standard deviation remains the most common measure of statistical dispersion, measuring how widely spread the values in a data set are. If many data points are close to the mean, then the standard deviation is small; if many data points are far from the mean, then the standard deviation is large. If all data values are equal, then the standard deviation is zero.

In a nutshell, you could say that any data point that falls within the standard deviation area would be considered “within normal variances” for the data set. That said, current sea ice extent and area data endpoints (red line) are both approaching the edge of the standard deviation (gray shading) for both data sets. Here is sea ice area:

Click for a larger image And here is sea ice extent:

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Spain’s ex-prime minister blasts ‘new religion’ of climate change October 23, 2008

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Former Spanish prime minister Jose Maria Aznar, speaks in June 2008 during a national party convention

Spain’s ex-prime minister blasts ‘new religion’ of climate change

From Yahoo News, October 22, 2008

MADRID (AFP) – Former Spanish prime minister Jose Maria Aznar Wednesday dismissed climate change as a “new religion” that is drawing hundreds of billions of euros at a time of economic crisis.

Aznar made the remarks at the presentation of a book by Czech President Vaclav Klaus, “Blue Planet in Green Shackles”, in which he also questions the widely held theories about climate change.

“In these times of global cooling of the international economy … the standard bearers of the climatic apocalypse demand hundreds of billions of euros” to combat global warming, said Aznar, who was conservative prime minister from 1996 to 2004.

“They want to throw onto the bonfire anyone who, like Vaclav Klaus, questions the new religion,” he said.

“The slightest doubt on the man-made origin of climate change is cause of automatic ex-communication.”

The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has said global warming is “unequivocal” and “most of the observed increases in temperatures over the last 60 years is very likely due to increases in human-generated greenhouse gas concentrations.”


Forcing the poorest of the poor to live on mud pies October 23, 2008

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Forcing the poorest of the poor to live on mud pies

From Ice Age Now, October 18, 2008

An open letter from The Viscount Monckton of Brenchley to Senator John McCain about Climate Science and Policy

Lord Monckton

Lord Monckton

18 Oct 08 – Excerpts: “Those who oppose the freedom that capitalism brings with it have always and everywhere been opposed to free trade. Once again, it is baffling that a Republican presidential candidate should threaten to gang up with the European dictatorship (which has always been implacably opposed to free trade, and has repeatedly done its best to wreck the settlement rounds of the World Trade Organization) to try to bully China, India, and other heavy emitters of harmless carbon dioxide into emitting less. Your “cost equalization mechanism” is protectionism under a fancy name. It would have catastrophic economic consequences worldwide: but the greatest harm it would cause would be to America herself.

“Consider what would happen if your “cost equalization mechanism” were imposed on China. Then the workers in your own country whom you had flung out of work under the pretext of “Saving The Planet” would not even have the compensating advantage of being able to buy cheaply from China the goods that they had themselves made until you had stopped them. All goods, worldwide, would become more expensive. Free trade, which has allowed not only the free West but also the emerging tigers of Asia to grow and prosper, would be stifled. That would not only harm the United States: it would also harm those nations against which it was directed.

Incalculable poverty and misery

“If you tamper with the delicate flower of free trade that the World Trade Organization has so patiently established in recent decades by resigning unilaterally from it and reintroducing protectionism, even for purposes that you imagine (however wrongly) to be beneficial, you will inflict incalculable poverty and misery not only upon your own working people but upon the less fortunate peoples of other nations. No policy could be more irresponsible than this. I urge you and your advisors to reconsider, before it is too late.

“Now, in all parts of the world, real and serious harm is being caused by the sudden rise in world food prices that is the direct and obvious consequence of the international dash for “biofuels”. It matters not that learned paper after learned paper demonstrates with devastating clarity the fact that the production and use of “biofuels” emit more carbon dioxide than the production and use of the gasoline they so inefficiently replace.

Forcing the poorest of the poor to live on mud pies

“In Haiti, the doubling of food prices that resulted directly from the “biofuels” fiasco has forced the poorest of the poor to live on mud pies. Here is the recipe. Mix 6 oz. of soil with enough water to make a paste. Add a pinch of salt and a tiny knob of butter. Stir vigorously. Bake in the sun until dry and hard. Serve, or sell to neighbours for 3 US cents.

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Climate change to cause more crime October 23, 2008

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Climate change to cause more crime

From Australian Climate Madness, October 23, 2008

I thought I’d heard it all… not even close. According to the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, climate change can cause more crime. The report (a bargain at $5.00 for a hard copy):

examines the implications of climate change for Australia’s police forces and officers.

The report has a number of recommendations including the creation of an information hub and the development of risk assessments of the locations that will be most affected by climate change as part of a multi-agency strategic approach to climate change adaptation.

The kinds of crime they foresee include:

  • water theft: individuals stealing water, use of fraudulent water trucks, siphoning from river systems
  • violent protests aimed at the government over perceived inadequate policy responses
  • natural disasters providing an opportunity for looting
  • more “climate refugees” seeking entry to Australia

Read it here.


Brisbane has its coldest October morning since 1976 October 23, 2008

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Brisbane has its coldest October morning since 1976

From CourierMail, October 23, 2008

COLD southerly winds blowing up from the snow-capped Blue Mountains have given Brisbane its coldest October morning in 32 years.

The mercury fell to 10.6 degrees in the City just before 5am, more than five degrees below average for this time of year.

The previous lowest for October was 7.3 degrees in 1976, although Brisbane also recorded 6.3 degrees in October in 1899 at a now-disused weather station.

Amberley had an even colder start waking up to 6 degrees and Stanthorpe shivered on just two degrees.